Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

There are many cases wherein people report excruciating persistent backaches affecting their routine and face difficulty in getting relief. They may be suffering from a serious spinal problem that can only be treated by operation. With the help of minimally invasive spine surgery in Hyderabad, spinal surgeons at Arete Hospitals can help people affected by spinal conditions return to the physical activities they love without discomfort.

Arete Hospitals, Spine Surgery Hospital in Hyderabad has the leading spine specialists/surgeons to perform minimally invasive spine surgery with optimal outcomes. The spine care team appointed at the hospital uses advanced technologies including the latest imaging techniques to ensure quality patient care.  

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Hyderabad is a better alternative to traditional open spinal surgery wherein a bigger incision is made and the muscles and tissues are moved apart to get access to the spinal column.

The spinal conditions that can be treated using minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques include:

  • Tumours
  • Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the space around spinal cord and spinal nerves)
  • Herniated Discs (bulged, ruptured, or slipped discs)
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipping out of one of the vertebral bones onto the other, resulting in lower backache)
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal Instability
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Compression Fractures.

Some of the minimally invasive surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, depending on their scope.

The advantages of choosing minimally invasive spine surgery over traditional open surgery, include:

  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Lower possibility of complications
  • Quick recovery
  • Minimal loss of blood during operation due to less trauma to muscles, tissues, and nerves around the spinal cord
  • Minimal postoperative pain or discomfort and less need of painkillers
  • Better aesthetic results
  • Less requirement of spinal rehabilitation post-surgery
  • Less operative time
  • Shorter length of stay at the hospital.

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What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally Invasive Spine (MIS) Surgery, or endoscopic spine surgery in Hyderabad, is an advanced approach, recommended mostly as a last resort to get relief from backache. It involves making a few millimetres long incision to insert a surgical tunnel retractor and gain access to the problematic site of the spine without harming the muscles, nerves, and tissues.

Before Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

To prepare well for MIS surgery in Hyderabad, patients must follow the pre-operative instructions given by the spinal surgeon. This includes:

  • Stop smoking and excess alcohol consumption to avoid delayed healing after surgery.
  • Do exercise regularly to stay physically fit and reduce the recovery period.
  • Cease intake of non-essential drugs or herbal remedies that could cause blood thinning or interact with anaesthesia and other drugs that you are already taking for a few weeks before the surgery.

What does Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Involve?

There are many surgical techniques deployed for MIS surgery. Basically, minimally invasive surgeries will involve the creation of a few smaller incisions through the skin along the back, abdomen, or chest.

Through the keyhole incision, the surgeon typically inserts a tubular retractor to create a tunnel that reaches the spine. When the surgeon gets access to the spine, the surgeon inserts specialised surgical tools through the tunnel to operate on the spine.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries are performed either under general or regional anaesthesia, depending upon the patient/surgeon’s preferences and the severity of the spinal condition. After the operation, all incisions are covered with surgical tape or sterile, thin bandages and closed using sutures, surgical staples, or surgical glue. Throughout the surgery, the patient remains on the stomach to allow the surgeon to operate on the patient’s posterior (backside).

Here’s a list of some of the most common MIS surgical options, offered at Arete Hospitals, top spine surgery hospital in Hyderabad:

Spinal decompression- The narrowing of the vertebral canal- a condition called spinal stenosis, can lead to compression of the spinal nerves. Pinched spinal nerves can result in symptoms like pain, numbness, and muscle weakness. Minimally Invasive Spinal decompression surgery can help treat this condition by removing bone and soft tissues using tubular dilators and a microscope or endoscope. Most commonly performed spinal decompression procedures include laminectomy (to remove lamina/thin bony plate on the vertebrae’s back) and foraminotomy (to remove any outgrowth of bone or tissues in the spinal cord passage).

Discectomy- The vertebral bones along the spinal column are cushioned in between by spinal discs- elastic rings with soft material inside. In case of weakening of elastic rings, the soft material can extrude or result in herniated discs. Such discs can compress the spinal nerves that pass by and cause pain. Minimally invasive spine discectomy in Hyderabad can help trim or remove herniated discs. 

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)- This minimally invasive spine surgery technique is recommended to patients experiencing radicular pain and refractory mechanical low back associated with spondylolisthesis, recurrent disc herniation, and degenerative disc disease. The surgery involves the making of two small incisions and the placement of rods and screws between two or more affected vertebral levels. The intervertebral disc is taken out and the void created is filled with a cage filled with bone to give stability to the affected vertebral levels. 

Good Candidates for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Spine surgeons in Hyderabad at Arete Hospitals understand that every patient’s situation is unique. That’s why, they carefully and thoroughly evaluate each patient to ensure that they receive custom-tailored treatment. Before moving ahead with spine surgery, they first try the traditional medicine approach or non-surgical methods. Only if the desired results are not obtained from conservative, non-operative treatments, they consider surgery.

Generally, the suitable candidates for minimally invasive spine surgery are:

  • People experiencing severe back or neck pain that is significantly interfering with their daily life
  • Individuals who suffer from spine tumours, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal instability, spinal deformities, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, or spinal compression fractures
  • Individuals for whom conservative treatments have failed to provide symptomatic relief for a few months or longer
  • Elderly patients who are not ideal candidates for traditional, open-spine surgery   
  • Healthy individuals who maintain a healthy body weight.

Patients with spine infections and malignant tumours are not good candidates for minimally invasive spine surgery.

After Discharge

  • Take proper care of surgical wounds/ incision sites as instructed by the surgeon.
  • Take prescribed medications like antibiotics and painkillers to stay protected from infections and relieve pain.
  • Don’t miss attending all follow-up appointments with the spine care team to know about the progress of recovery and to discuss any issues or queries related to surgery.  

Cost of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Hyderabad

The price of MIS surgery in Hyderabad depends upon various factors:

  • Cause and severity of backache
  • The MIS surgeon’s expertise and experience
  • Anaesthesiologist fees
  • Cost of the diagnostic tests/procedures and follow-up visits
  • Insurance coverage.

Effectiveness of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Overall, minimally invasive spine surgeries are very effective. They have a success rate of around 90%.

Risks Associated with Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Every surgery comes with some risks and complications. Minimally invasive spine surgery also poses some risks, but they are not so severe as compared to traditional open spine surgery. Some of the risks of minimally invasive spine surgery are:

  • Cerebrospinal fluid leakage
  • Some extent of damage to spinal tissues
  • Anaesthesia reactions
  • Postoperative pneumonia
  • Deep vein thrombosis that leads to pulmonary embolism
  • Paralysis or pain because of injury to the spinal cord or nerves.
Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is Arete Hospitals known as the best minimally invasive spine surgery Hospital in  Hyderabad?

Arete Hospitals is the premier destination for minimally invasive spine surgery in Hyderabad due to its exceptional medical expertise, advanced technology, and successful patient outcomes. Their specialised team of spine surgeons employs cutting-edge methods that reduce surgical trauma, minimise scarring, and accelerate recovery. They are committed to providing best innovation and patient-centred care.

2. How long does it take to recover from minimally invasive spine surgery?

Each case of MIS surgery differs, so the recovery period varies for each patient. However, if the patient carefully follows all the post-operative instructions given by the spinal/orthopaedic surgeon, their average complete healing time could be a few months. Length of recovery depends upon the patient’s spinal condition/age/general health, the complexity of the surgery, and experience of minimally invasive spine surgeons among other considerations. The surgeon can be consulted to know about the anticipated recovery time after the surgery.

3. When can I start walking back again after my MIS surgery?

Typically, you need to wait for a few days to start walking again.

4. How long will be my hospital stay after MIS surgery?

For most patients, the spinal surgeon asks the patient to stay in the hospital for about a week in case it’s traditional open spine surgery. However, in the case of MIS surgery, your period of hospitalisation is 1-2 days or you may be discharged the same day of your surgery.

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